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First SQ's A380 flight to be sold for charity

Bid to be first to fly on the A380

First SQ's A380 flight to be sold for charity

Singapore Airlines – the first airline in the world to fly the new Airbus A380

Singapore Airlines - the first airline in the world to fly the new Airbus A380 - is

preparing for the first commercial flight of the new double-decker jumbo jet, from

Singapore to Sydney and return. It will take place in the month of October 2007.

And in an unprecedented move, all proceeds from the sale of tickets on the first

flight will be donated to charities.

In response to requests from people all over the world to be passengers on the

first flight, Singapore Airlines will auction the seats on global online marketplace,


Bids will be invited for seats on this history-making flight, and winning bidders will

know that every dollar they pay will go to worthwhile charities. All customers will

receive a personalised ceremonial certificate confirming they were part of the firstever

commercial A380 flight.

Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Chew Choon Seng, said the Airline

wants to acknowledge the widespread interest in the entry into commercial

service of this all-new airplane, and to use the opportunity to benefit worthwhile


"The first commercial A380 flight will be a moment in aviation history. It will be a

once-in-a-lifetime experience, on an aircraft that will mark a new chapter in air


"And while we will celebrate the event, we also wish to remember the people who

are less fortunate and can be assisted by the charities to which all the proceeds

will go," Mr Chew said.

Singapore Airlines has secured support from three important partners for this

charity event.

One of the Airline's strategic fuel suppliers, and a key partner, ExxonMobil

Aviation, will donate the fuel for the flights.

"We are pleased to support this event as a strategic partner of Singapore Airlines.

This charity event is in line with our long-standing effort to make a positive impact

on the communities in which we operate," said Mr Kwa Chong Seng, Chairman

and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

eBay - the world's leading online marketplace will subsidise the fees and charges

from this auction, and PayPal, a global leader in online payment solutions, will

rebate a portion of its fees and charges to help support the charities.

"eBay is uniquely positioned as a global online marketplace to provide boundless

opportunity for fund-raising and social responsibility programs and we are

delighted to support Singapore Airlines in this very unique charity auction," said

Sam McDonagh, Director for eBay Southeast Asia.

The actual date of the flight will be fixed soon, after final notification from Airbus

about the delivery date this coming October.

The proceeds of the auction will be split evenly between the following

exceptionally worthwhile organisations:

• One-third to Singapore's Community Chest

• One-third split between the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, and The

Children's Hospital at Westmead, both in Sydney

• One-third to Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without


Singapore Airlines and eBay plan for the auction to be conducted some weeks

prior to the flight. Those interested in pre-registering for notification on auction

details - which will include the date of the flight and the charities to benefit from

proceeds - may do so by visiting singaporeair.com/a380.

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